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Brianna Dillard, of Glen Allen, recently graduated magna cum laude from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology and sociology. Dillard was also named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester, as well as Erwin Orlando Johnson, of Henrico. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

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Michael T. Bowman, of Henrico, recently was named to the president’s honor roll for the spring 2012 semester at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla. To be eligible for the president’s honor roll, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.9.

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Tiffany Lewis, of Henrico, recently graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She received a master of arts degree in communication.

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Laura Dekontee Freeman, of Mills E. Godwin High School, and Caitlin Phelan, of The Steward School, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Over 130 applications were received; selection criteria included a minimum 3.0 GPA, a strong work ethic, community and club involvement and response to an essay question. NEW funds the scholarship program through a series of auctions, held at its monthly luncheons, of products and services donated by NEW members. Freeman and Phelan, along with eight other winners from metro Richmond, will be honored July 12.

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Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. has admitted the following local residents for its 2012 fall semester: Jordan Christian, Chrishunda Mahone and James Walls, of Richmond.

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Kathryn Lacy, of Henrico, a senior majoring in animal and poultry sciences, has been named Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year.

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Talya Alexandra Huskey, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Haley C. Chapel and Robert J. Daniels, of Glen Allen, were named to the dean’s list. To be eligible for these honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 for the dean’s list and 4.0 for the president’s list.

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The following Virginia Military Institute cadets graduated May 16: Sean M. Alexander, son of Col. Charles R. Alexander, Jr.; Nash E. Roberts, son of Sonja K. Roberts; Matthew R. Brock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement J. Brock; Mark A. Christian, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Christian, Sr.; Christopher E. Kitchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cary R. Kitchen; Brandon C. Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Gary, Jr.; Ryan A. Lee, son of Stacy Harris-Lee; Andrew P. Yancey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry P. Yancey; Peter M. Kwapisz, son of Nancy J. Billings; Bradley A. Chamberlain, son of Brian A. Chamberlain; Zachary D. Boyce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Boyce; Edward A. Coglio, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Coglio; McDonald Wellford, III, son of Joanne L. Wellford; and Caroline D. Wortham, daughter of Mrs. Tamara L. Gill and Dr. Edwin Wortham, V, of Richmond.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Bach Nguyen, son of Trang Thi Minh and Tuan A. Nguyen, of Richmond, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Nguyen received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications, as well as training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques. Nguyen is a 2011 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School.

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The following local residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.: Elizabeth Tait, Samantha Bos, Nelson Cutler, Kirby Fox, Eliza Pope, Clinton Smith, Jeffrey Stedman, Brenna Vorhis and Harold Robertson, of Richmond.

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The following local residents recently graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.: Ann Russell Moore, Carleton Peronneau Rawles and Margaret Delahunt Thomas, of Richmond.

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Bailey Rose, Grant Morris, Charles Shobe and Dylan Kolhoff, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 quality point average.
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Applications for Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2018 now open

Applications for the Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) flagship program Leadership Quest are now open at http://www.lmronline.org until May 1. Community leaders from Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the City of Richmond are encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates are encouraged to attend a recruitment reception March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Markel Corporation, 4501 Highwoods Parkway in Glen Allen. The reception will give candidates the opportunity to meet current LMR members and learn more about the organization. > Read more.

Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus. > Read more.

Public comment sought for plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The joint Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee for the Richmond and Crater regions is seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters. The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions maintain the plan to collaboratively identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks. > Read more.

Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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